Sunny is a human-computer interaction specialist who focuses on persuasive technologies, ubiquitous computing systems, mobile computing, and Web technologies.
She is currently a research scientist at Intel Labs Seattle who is investigating how to use technology to encourage health & wellness — particularly physical activity and healthy sleep behaviors — and to help people be more aware of the privacy implications of sensing and inference systems. Sunny's prior research includes investigating peoples’ understanding of and privacy concerns related to Wi-Fi use, designing and evaluating tools to help people be more aware of what they expose when they use Wi-Fi, investigating privacy implications of location-enhanced technologies, and developing technologies to help elders age in place.
Prior to joining Intel Labs Seattle, Sunny worked in industry in Silicon Valley on Web design and usability. As a co-founder of Propel, she recruited and led their user experience team to develop e-commerce storefronts and tools for merchandising, customer support, and site administration. Sunny was also a usability specialist at Infoseek and Go.com where she worked on search, email, chat, message boards, registration, personalization, and the Disney properties espn.com, abcnews.com, and mrshowbiz.com.
Sunny received her Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington's Information School and has been at Intel Labs Seattle since 2001. Sunny is a member of DUB.